In memoriam of Dr. Stephen Kellert: Reflecting on one morning in New Haven, CT

In November of 2012, one of the greatest books from one of the greatest authors on children and nature became available on Amazon. The book, “Birthright,” may be recorded in history as Dr Stephen Kellert’s defining moment in his writings. A pioneer in the modern day studies of the principle of the innate connection humans have for nature, Dr Kellert brings the best of all his writings to the front of the class. This will be a must read for young parents, academics and nature lovers like us.

With great sadness, we learned the world lost a true legacy on November 27th, when Dr. Stephen Robert Kellert lost his courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

I visited Dr Kellert one morning in New Haven while he was editing the final version of Birthright. Not since I watched my uncle Thomas Berry write with such intensity and passion have I witnessed someone writing what they knew was a defining legacy. Dr Kellert wrote and rewrote final touches like Michaelangelo finishing the Sistine Chapel.

Go to Amazon to read the reviews. Birthright is well titled and easy reading.

There is awe in nature everywhere

Dr Stephen Kellert worked as a distinguished professor who had a stellar career teaching at Yale University School of Environmental Science. He in fact was one of the many that helped turn the Yale School of Forestry into an Environmental Science curriculum. His film on Biophylic architectural design is an extraordinary project that illustrates with examples that natural design in architecture makes all our lives better by not denying or depriving ourselves of our natural connections. This is an extraordinary man with a great message, written beautifully.

Please consider honoring Steve’s commitment to the natural world by supporting The Wilderness Society, 1615 M Street, Washington DC 20036.

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